Trump and Comey are no Henry and Becket
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 19:19
Comey recalled that Trump and the White House gave shifting explanations for why he was dismissed, first saying it was over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe past year, then saying it was the Russian Federation investigation, and finally declaring Comey was a poor leader disliked by the FBI staff. He further complained about the congressional hearing, and asked Comey to publicly state what he had told Trump in private - that, as of that time, Trump was not personally under investigation.
Here's what we do know will happen next with the multiple investigations digging into what Russian Federation did to influence the 2016 presidential election, and into whether any Trump campaign associates collaborated with those efforts.
President Donald Trump answers a question from the media, during a.
Comey has been criticized in the past for his tendency to sidestep the Department of Justice in what he has characterized as attempts to protect the FBI's reputation - whether it was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation himself in an unprecedented press conference last July or sharing Trump-related memos with the press, Comey has consistently defended his decisions by saying he always acted in the bureau's, and the nation's, best interest.
Special counsel Robert Mueller must proceed to do his job.
Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz will file the complaint with the DOJ's Inspector General and the Senate Judiciary Committee after Comey testified Thursday that he allowed a personal friend to leak an unclassified memo of his conversations with the president to news outlets in hopes it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel.
Still, there was no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.
"I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted".
KARL: And, you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations.
A similar swing occurred over at CNN: Thursday mentions of "leaks" were 76, and rose to 78 on Friday.
Trump's team has been quick to push back, and a main thrust of their strategy is to discredit Comey, painting him as disgruntled and untrustworthy.
In his testimony, Comey detailed months of distrust of the president and bluntly asserted that Trump had fired him to interfere with the probe of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign. "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", he said.
Standing with the president of Romania, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner, Trump at last confirmed his commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pact, Article 5, uttering words he deliberately did not say when he spoke at NATO's gathering in Belgium last month. But he also added that: "The reason I keep saying his words is I took it as a direction".
Democratic senator Martin Heinrich said during the hearing, "a lot of this comes down to who should we believe".
"My judgment was I need to get that out into the public square", he said.
"As director of the FBI, Comey was ultimately responsible for conducting the investigation, which might explain why you're sitting down as a private citizen", Mr Warner said.
"I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it important to document", he said.
He also claimed that he "hardly" knows Comey.
One of these is Comey's assertion that the president said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting [Michael] Flynn go", in the Oval Office on February 14.
That is a lot to handle - especially when you consider that the White House is now without a communications director.
Burr asked Comey about that Thursday.
The committee is seeking the materials by June 23.
Under scrutiny is a meeting between ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Russia's Ambassador to the U.S.
While we're not generally accustomed to hearing prominent public figures talk openly about sharing behind-the-scenes information with the press, Comey's acknowledgement yesterday that he shared a memo with a friend, who in turn shared it with a reporter, is not scandalous.
Mr Richman has now been asked to provide the memo to the panel.